Seiko Instruments Inc. Unveils Best-in-Class Thermal Printing Mechanism

Compact, rugged, high-performance CAP9300 is ideal for kiosks, ATMs and other demanding, outdoor applications.

TORRANCE, Calif. – June 30, 2005 – Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Micro Printer Division, has announced the introduction of the CAP9300, an innovative new direct thermal printer mechanism. A unique combination of fast print speed, wide operating temperature range, high reliability and small footprint makes this new mechanism ideal for outdoor kiosks, ATMs, gasoline point of sale, parking, and other harsh printing applications.

The new CAP9300 mechanism features a 3-inch paper width, highly compact dimensions of 112x50x30mm, print resolution of 8 dots/mm (203 dpi), and print speed up to 250 mm/s. Its wide operating temperature range of -20 to 60 degrees C solves a key printing challenge of consistent operation in cold environments. Mechanical reliability ratings include a minimum of 150 kilometers of paper, 150 million pulses and 1 million cuts for long life and minimal maintenance. Support for 60 to 150 mm paper stock and up to a 9″ diameter paper roll delivers a wide variety of printing options — from receipts to tickets –for maximum output flexibility, and curved or straight paper feed options enable maximum design flexibility.

“The CAP9300 is an extraordinary performer with very fast printing in a footprint that’s significantly smaller than anything else available in this class,” said Bob Falco, director and division manager, Seiko Instruments USA Inc., Micro Printer Division. “Its combination of print speed, print quality, rugged design, and compact form factor makes it an ideal design-in thermal printer. It is especially well suited to applications with environmental challenges.”

With an advanced direct thermal printing architecture, the CAP9300 provides a high reliability printing solution with very few moving parts and avoids any need to replace ribbons or toner. The CAP9300 is available with or without a built-in, slide-type auto cutter that provides full or partial cut. The platen can be quickly and easily removed for paper loading and maintenance. Parallel, serial or USB interfaces are available and supply voltages of 24V and 5V (nominal) are required to power the print head and controller board, respectively..

Following the CAP9300 will be a 2-inch CAP9200 and 4-inch CAP9400. In addition, the high performance CAP9000 mechanisms will be incorporated into a series of printer subassemblies, or “print engines”, combining printer mechanism, controller board and paper holder in a self-contained unit ready for installation.

With full compliance to the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS directive), Seiko Instruments Inc continues its tradition of manufacturing and environmental management excellence. The CAP9300 will enter mass production in July 2005, one year in advance of the directive’s official deadline.

Each unit is backed by a one-year factory warranty and the “SII Secure” customer support commitment, which includes application engineering assistance, software development and customization, comprehensive technical documentation, customer training, and technical and service support.

Seiko Instruments Inc. offers a complete family of direct thermal printing solutions for embedded applications in paper widths of 2, 3 and 4 inches as well as a wide range of operating voltages and print speeds. For more information about the CAP9300 printer mechanism as well as the entire line of Seiko Instruments Inc. portable printers, subassemblies and mechanisms, contact Seiko Instruments USA Inc., 2990 West Lomita Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505; 310.517.7778; fax 310.517.8154; mpdinfo@siu-la.com.